Last night we taped the A-LIST AWARDS at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC for air next Thursday on Bravo after the premiere of Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D List". It was not your typical awards show.
The awards were not awarded to Bravo talent, rather to the best in the fields Bravo represents - food, fashion, beauty, pop culture, and design. It, like Bravo itself, was very "high" and very "low". Yes we rewarded the best chef and great design, but we also handed out trophies for "rear of the year" and "A-List Drama Queen".
Kathy Griffin was HILARIOUS and very bawdy. And looked great. She opened the show with a Marc Shaiman number that perfectly set the tone for the night.
Margaret Cho and Rachel Dratch were standouts in the show as well for me, as well as a charity fashion show with dress designs by "Project Runway" alum that will be auctioned off at Bravotv.com to benefit UNICEF.
CAB REPORT: how is it possible that the legroom in cab 2E92 seems to go on for miles and miles? I could've stowed a small family at my feet. My Haitian cabbie loves blasting 1010 WINS and had a poor time understanding what I meant by "turn it down" but somewhere around 40th Street we came to an agreement.
It was an amazing night to be Bravo because under one roof roamed NYC and OC "Housewives" and Jeff and Jenny and Rachel Zoe and "Top Chefs" and Tom and Padma and Tim and Rene and alum of "Project Runway", "Shear Genius", "Step it Up", "Top Design" and "Make Me a Supermodel".
I shot some great video blogs which I will share next week. I am happy to say that I introduced the OC and NYC Housewives on tape, for you... It was INSANITY. I will post that one next week...
There was an after party at the Bryant Park Hotel that was a total blast. I wound up at Florent with the "Real Housewives of Orange County" at 2 AM. Wow. It is hard core, hard ass, and just plain hard to produce an awards show. We have been in the trenches with the Magical Elves on this one for months. I feel today like the war is over. Wow.
More exhausted than relieved, but so happy about a job well done by all.